Barbara Gladstone Gallery, New York Private Collection Phillips, New York, November 8, 2010, lot 111 Private Collection
"The jokes came out of drawing the cartoons. I wanted to draw and I liked the way certain cartoons were drawn. So I decided to redraw the ones I liked. This was 1985. I was living in Los Angeles. I drew a lot of Whitney Darrow cartoons. He was actually a friend of Jackson Pollock... I picked out about a dozen jokes... Ones that were familiar, the ones that get retold, and wrote them out, by hand on small pieces of paper." Richard Prince
This work is in very good condition overall. There is evidence of handling and wear along the edges of the canvas, noticeably along the upper right edge as well as the lower right corner. There is a single point of previous rubbing and along the top turning edge, approximately 12 inches from the right corner. Under Ultraviolet light inspection there is no evidence of restoration. Framed. In response to your inquiry, we are pleased to provide you with a general report of the condition of the property described above. Since we are not professional conservators or restorers, we urge you to consult with a restorer or conservator of your choice who will be better able to provide a detailed, professional report. Prospective buyers should inspect each lot to satisfy themselves as to condition and must understand that any statement made by Sotheby's is merely a subjective qualified opinion. NOTWITHSTANDING THIS REPORT OR ANY DISCUSSIONS CONCERNING CONDITION OF A LOT, ALL LOTS ARE OFFERED AND SOLD "AS IS" IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE CONDITIONS OF SALE PRINTED IN THE CATALOGUE.